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Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.cadth.ca
Tel.: 613-226-2553
Organization Leadership: Brian O’Rourke, Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit agency funded by Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments. The mandate is to deliver reliable, timely, evidence-based information to Canada’s health care leaders about the effectiveness and efficiency of health technologies through a variety of products and services.

Activities

CADTH provides information to make informed decisions — from a simple reference list of the best evidence available to a full systematic review supported by a range of context-specific intervention tools. It produces environmental scanning products that identify the latest technological developments likely to have an impact on the delivery of health care. CADTH supports drug program benefit listings and coverage decisions through its, rigorous reviews and formulary listing recommendations regarding the clinical and cost-effectiveness of drugs that have been submitted to its Common Drug Review.

CADTH projects include: optimal use studies, health technology assessments, therapeutic reviews, drug reviews, environmental scanning reports, and a rapid response question answering service.

Primary Focus

Health technology assessment, health information, public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house and outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes No No

Relevant Research

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.policyalternatives.ca 
Tel.: 613-563-1341
Organization Leadership: Bruce Campbell, Executive Director

Mandate

“The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is an independent, non-partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic, and environmental justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s leading progressive voices in public policy debates.”

Activities

The CCPA publishes on a wide range of public social, economic, and environmental issues, including health-related issues, that are relevant to Canadians.

Primary Focus

Public policy

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Canadian Health Services Research Foundation

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: http://www.chsrf.ca/Home.aspx
Tel.: 613-728-2238
Organization Leadership: Maureen O’Neil, President

Mandate

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) has three primary goals that represent their focus for healthcare improvement and determine how they measure impact.

  • Healthcare efficiency: Maximizing value for money in healthcare spending. 
  • Patient- and family-centred care: Improving patient experiences and outcomes 
  • Coordinated healthcare: Providing a more coordinated approach to complex health needs.

Activities

  • Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement: Engage regional health organizations from 9 provinces and territories to design, implement and share approaches for improving healthcare.
  •  Education and Training: Train healthcare executives in organizations across Canada, to undertake innovations and promising reforms.
  • Applied Research and Policy Analysis: Convene policy-makers, executives and researchers for webinars, workshops and roundtables on issues key issues of healthcare improvement.
  • Evaluation and Performance Management: Respond to external requests for evaluative information, guidance and training.

Primary Focus

Public policy reform, operations management, and health human resources

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Canadian Institute for Health Information

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.cihi.ca
Tel.: 613-241-7860
Leadership: John Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is “an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential information on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians.”

Activities

CIHI works with “stakeholders to create and maintain a broad range of health databases, measurements, and standards. [It develops] reports and analyses from [its] own data and other outside sources. [It also works with its] stakeholders to help them better understand and use [its] evidence-based insight and analyses in their day-to-day decision-making.” Key stakeholders include “senior government leaders and others involved in developing health policy; those who lead, manage, and plan the delivery of health services [on] the front line; and the public.” Other stakeholders include “those who use data for health and health-services research; health professionals and health records staff who are involved in the collection of data; and academics who help train future health leaders.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

CIHI produces research on a broad spectrum of health-related issues, such as the following.

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Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.partnershipagainstcancer.ca       
Tel.: 416-915-9222 or 1-877-360-1665 
Organization Leadership: Jessica Hill, Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is an independent organization funded by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control for all Canadians. The partnership works with cancer experts, charitable organizations, governments, cancer agencies, national health organizations, patients, survivors, and others to implement Canada’s cancer control strategy. The Partnership’s work spans the cancer control continuum, from prevention and screening to research and supportive care. The collaborative approach is mindful of the patient voice, and strives to be culturally responsive to the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.”

Activities

“The Partnership is responsible for coordinating a pan-Canadian approach to cancer control that stimulates the generation of new knowledge and harnesses existing knowledge from health care professionals, cancer agencies, patients, and governments, among others…As an independent organization, the Partnership is able to transcend federal, provincial, and territorial health care roles to create more efficiencies in the cancer control domain.”

Primary Focus

Chronic diseases

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

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Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Website: www.patientsafetyinstitute.ca  
Tel.: 780-409-8090 or 1-866-421-6933
Organization Leadership: Hugh MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety. [It envisions] safe health care for all Canadians and [is] driven to inspire extraordinary improvement in patient safety and quality…CPSI plays a coordinating and leadership role across health sectors and systems, promotes leading practices, and raises awareness about patient safety with stakeholders, patients, and the general public.”

Activities

“CPSI customizes patient safety and quality products and services for the frontline, middle managers, senior leaders, and boards. Priorities include improving the safety of patient care in Canada through learning, sharing, and  implementing interventions that are known to reduce avoidable harm; building governance capability; support networks and increase capacity through evidence-informed resources and tools.”

Primary Focus

Patient safety

Research Capacity

In-house and outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

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Change Foundation

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.changefoundation.ca    
Tel.: 416-205-1325
Organization Leadership: Cathy Fooks, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“The strategic goal of The Change Foundation is to improve the health care experience of individuals and caregivers as they move in, out of, and across the health care system.” Its mandate is “to promote, support, and improve health and the delivery of health care in Ontario.”

Activities

Activities focus on theFoundation’s mission: “to make caregivers and individuals in need of health care part of the health care discussion about how to find solutions  to improve their experiences; to stimulate new ways of thinking, behaving, and interacting to foster improved health care for people, especially when they are in transitions; to generate robust and independent research and policy analysis of health care issues related to improving the experience of individuals and caregivers as they navigate the health care system; and to lead informed discussion and strategic engagement with the stewards, stakeholders, and users of the health care system.”

Primary Focus

Public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

Holds events such as the Tools for Change: Levers and Incentives for Integrating Patient Care in Ontario Symposium.

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Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.bruyere.org/en/elisabeth-bruyere-research-institute
Tel.: 613-562-6045
Organization Leadership: Larry W. Chambers, President and Chief Scientist

Mandate

“The Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute supports scientists who contribute to the relevant and practical knowledge in continuing care, with a particular focus on primary, health of the elderly, and palliative care. The Institute draws upon its unique situation, as part of the University of Ottawa and Bruyère Continuing Care academic health centre, to work closely with community and long-term care partners to bring faculty into service delivery, students into service learning, and service providers into research and education.”

Activities

“The Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute is the champion of research, education, and innovation for the well-being of aging Canadians and those requiring primary, continuing, and palliative care. The Institute is a partnership of Bruyère Continuing Care and the University of Ottawa.”

Primary Focus

Operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Genome Canada

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.genomecanada.ca               
Tel.: 613-751-4460
Organization Leadership: Pierre Meulien, President and Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

The mandate of Genome Canada (from the Government of Canada) “is to develop and implement a national strategy in genomics and proteomics research for the benefit of all Canadians in key selected areas, such as agriculture, environment, fisheries, forestry, health, and new technology development.”

Activities

“Together with its six Genome Centres across Canada and other partners, Genome Canada invests in and manages large-scale research projects” in the key selected areas mentioned above. “Genome Canada also supports research projects aimed at studying and analyzing the ethical, environmental, economic, legal, and social issues related to genomics research (GE3LS).”

Primary Focus

Scientific research and public policy reform

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

Descriptions of projects related to health and genomics can be found in the Genome Canada database.

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Health Council of Canada

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.healthcouncilcanada.ca 
Tel.: 416-481-7397
Organization Leadership: John Abbott (416-480-7070), Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“The Health Council of Canada is a leading voice that informs and strengthens Canada's health system. It was created by the provinces, territories, and federal government; all but Quebec are members. The Health Council of Canada is funded by Health Canada, and operates as a not-for-profit corporation, at arm’s-length from government. The Council officially reports to its members—the health ministers of the participating jurisdictions—and provides a public and independent assessment of the progress of health care renewal in Canada, focusing on innovative practices.”

Activities

The Health Council of Canada fosters accountability and transparency by assessing progress in improving the quality, effectiveness, and sustainability of the health care system. Through insightful monitoring, public reporting, highlighting innovative practices, and hosting informed discussion, the Council sheds light on what helps or hinders health care renewal and the well-being of Canadians.”

Primary Focus

Public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: www.heartandstroke.com
Tel.: 613-569-4361
Organization Leadership: Bobbe Wood, Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a volunteer-based health charity, leads in eliminating heart disease and stroke, and reducing their impact through the advancement of research and its application, the promotion of healthy living, and advocacy. It is a federation of 10 provincial foundations, led and supported by a force of more than 130,000 volunteers.”

Activities

The Foundation engages in fundraising, education, and advocacy.

Primary Focus

Chronic disease

Research Capacity

Outsourced

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes No

Relevant Research

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Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences

Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: www.ices.on.ca 
Tel.: 416- 480-4055
Organization Leadership: David Henry (416-480-4297), President and Chief Executive Officer

Mandate

“The Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) is an independent, non-profit organization, whose core business is to conduct research that contributes to the effectiveness, quality, equity, and efficiency of health care and health services in Ontario.”

Activities

“ICES’ key objectives are to carry out population-based health services research relevant to clinical practice and health policy development; document province-wide patterns and trends in health care delivery; develop and share evidence to inform decision-making by policy-makers, managers, clinicians, planners, and consumers; promote linkages among health services researchers and decision-makers; and train researchers and promote a wider understanding of clinical epidemiology and health services research.”

Primary Focus

Scientific research

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

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Institute for Research on Public Policy

Location: Montréal, Quebec
Website: http://irpp.org              
Tel.: 514-985-2461
Organization Leadership: Graham Fox, President

Mandate

The Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) “seeks to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight, and sparking debate that will contribute to the public policy decision-making process and strengthen the quality of the public policy decisions made by Canadian governments, citizens, institutions, and organizations.”

Activities

The research mandate focuses on Canada’s “economic and social priorities related to three fundamental realities that will require governments’ attention and policy responses in the medium to long term: the aging of Canada’s population, its growing diversity and pluralism, and the impact on Canadian competitiveness of rapidly changing patterns of global trade and production. As governments’ efforts to promote economic growth and social progress depend on effective governance instruments and a well-functioning federation, the research also addresses these important underpinnings of sound public policy.”

Primary Focus

Public policy reform

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes Yes

Relevant Research

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Institute of Health Economics

Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Website: www.ihe.ca
Tel.: 780-448-4881
Organization Leadership: Egon Jonsson, Executive Director

Mandate

The Institute of Health Economics aims “to assist decision makers in health policy and practice with the results from economic evaluations, costing and cost-effectiveness analyses, and with syntheses of findings from research in health technology assessment.” The goal is to contribute to more effective health services.

Activities

The Institute’s research mandate is organized around six major programs: health economics, health technology assessment, knowledge transfer and dissemination, special evaluation projects, key partnerships, and capacity building. The economic analysis work is done “at both the system-wide level (in broad areas of health sector management and significant disease burdens, such as cancer and mental health), as well [as] economic evaluation of individual technologies and therapeutic interventions.”

Primary Focus

Economic analysis and operations management

Research Capacity

In-house

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
Yes Yes No

Relevant Research

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Population Health Improvement Research Network

Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: http://www.rrasp-phirn.ca/
Tel: 613-562-5800 x8957
Organizational Leadership: Scientific Director: Ivy Lynn Bourgeault, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

Mandate

  • To undertake more and better population health research in Ontario/with an Ontario focus to help leverage funds from other sources
  • To enhance capacity in population health research in the province
  • To inform policy and practice related to population health in the province with the ultimate goal of improving overall health and health equity

Activities

There are two research programs: Patterns and Pathways and Inequities as well as Population Health Intervention

Primary Focus

Population Health

Research Capacity

graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty development)

Research Interest

Health Economics
Research and Modelling
Operations
Management
Health Human
Resources
No Yes No

Relevant Research

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